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Glean

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rated 4.49 / 5 stars
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Genre:
Adventure - RPG
Tags:
explore
dig
upgrades
mining

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Jul 3, 2012 | 5:39 PM EDT

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Stranded 5 Points Complete the tutorial to begin your journey.
Lost and Found 10 Points Find all the lost items.
Modular Design 10 Points Pimp out your ride with all possible modules.
Upgrade Started 10 Points Upgrade one of your sub-systems.
Midpoint 25 Points Complete 10 Objectives.
Unearth 25 Points Uncover all the buried items.
Game Complete 50 Points Find all the Alien artifacts to complete the 'story'.
Upgrade Complete 100 Points Upgrade all sub-systems to their maximum levels.

Author Comments

Explore and mine minerals! Visit alien planets and mine for the resources you need to upgrade yourself and your ship. Features procedurally generated levels and an object-based crafting system for upgrades. Find 18 artifacts to unlock all story pieces and finish the game, or keep playing to get all the upgrades.

Inspired by MotherLoad, this is an RPG-like spin-off. You won't be disappointed!
Instructions

Arrow keys or WASD to move
Double press on Up key for double jump
Space or Shift - press and hold to dig
Enter - teleport
Space - enter ship
x - close tutorial window

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Updates in v 1.43:

- add split option for resources
- bigger item capacity for higher upgrade levels
- fix some bugs
- lowered some item prices

Updates in v1.44

- lower Fragile Frame price

- fix: now you can also get small lava globule from lava pockets
- bugFix: you no longer die when a gas geyser explodes using dynamite
- in the Research tab you can see all items now, even objects you don't own yet (should make a lot more sense now)

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Reviews


ThatMSipherThatMSipher

Rated 3 / 5 stars

Okay, many thoughts here. Presentation is top-notch, no question. I liked the angle with different planets with different values and climates. I also thought it was very nice how any items you pick up when your inventory is full are converted to fuel/repairs, a very nice touch. It's Motherload-like yet has its own identity, as a much more mellow, methodical drill-mining game. I would give this a 5...

BUT. As others have said... it's the inventory system. It really, REALLY bogs things down. Enough to knock 2 stars off.

The first obstacle I came across was that it is impossible to tell at a glance what you do and don't have, and what upgrades you can and can't build. Items you don't have should appear much darker, and upgrades you have the ingredients for should probably appear in another color altogether, like green. Looking at tiny numbers in the corner is just frustrating.

And then there's the big bugbear of the whole system... crafting/researching. Creating more and more advanced items means going through bigger and bigger ingredient trees step by step, sometimes down to the lowest level of item, flipping through several tabs. It makes what should be a fun game far, far more frustrating than it has any reason to be. Now, I'm not a programmer, so I don't know how difficult this would be to implement, but I wonder if making some of the multi-level processing skip steps would be possible. I'm having a hard time phrasing this, but...

Item A needs to be made from B, C and D, but B needs to be made from E and F, F requires G and H... so let's say that if you have enough G and H to make an F and already have an E, then all you need to do is click to make item B, since you DO have all the base-level components needed for B. Or maybe just an "auto build" button where you click to make A and it automatically does as much combining as possible with your current inventory, alerting you to things you lack

I hope that remotely made sense.

It's an ambitious game and definitely is keeping me playing, but I am DREADING building the high-level items. I shouldn't be spending more time doing that than drilling. If you can streamline the process and make it easier to see what can and can't be done, I'll happily bump this to a 5-star game.


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TimtheblackTimtheblack

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

This was pretty good, but it's not as good as Motherload though. There are still a few issues that you must need to be fixed. First is the inventory. The game should prevent you from drilling minerals when inventory is full. Keep the items in your drill has in its cargo or automatically store in ships inventory when traveling to other planets instead of losing it all. The upgrade system could use some more simplicity to it. If you can do all that then you will have my 5 stare rating.



NightsAndWeekendsNightsAndWeekends

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Fun game, and a bit addicting, with one exception:

Engineering all the upgrades. Once you got to level 4 or 5, you have to make parts for parts, then more parts for those parts; you get the idea.

Also, when you first start the game, it can be a bit confusing, even with the tutorial. Navigating through the menus took a while to learn, though the point of the game was clear from the start.



RaptorialRaptorial

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

This game makes me sad.
Good that you cited motherload but this is just short of what i expected.
Mining is just the same.
Artifacts and research add a good twist but the inventory system is just bad. Very hard to distinguish what i have and what i need without flipping through half the tabs.
The world system is ok but the constant damage, low starting heat res and the sudden deaths due to gas are annoyinig as heck. Also the lack of an evident save button lost me a few hours of work.

Bottomline: Its a good take on motherload but i would prefer motherload over this.
Maybe streamline the gameplay and somewhere the player can just chill out mining... maybe then i would try again. Just my opinion... :|



HareTrinityHareTrinity

Rated 2 / 5 stars

Weird. I normally find mining games like this utterly addictive, but this one really missed its mark with me.

That all the in-game computer interfaces are red doesn't help work out which of the multi-coloured rocks are which whilst you're using it. What was needed in order to create modules and what I already had just looked much the same. Much as I got the Farscape reference it didn't make me want to help the bot at all, plus the music quickly became irritating. On top of this there was no real risk, since normally in mining games it's the loss of fuel or running out of space that forces you back to the surface, but in this game BOTH of those problems were crossed out with THE SAME gameplay mechanic. This would be fine if something else replaced that element of challenge but nothing did.

Some more colour, comedy (might as well if you're going to do a parody plot), or risk might have made it more fun. Still, the graphics were nice and apparently other people managed to get into it, so some stars for that.